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Girls Learning Code (6-8): Gamemaking and Circuitry
January 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST
OUR FIRST WORKSHOP FOR LITTLE GIRLS (6-8)!
WHY LEARN ABOUT GAMEMAKING & CIRCUITRY?
Ever wonder what it would be like to high five someone to play Flappy Bird? Or press bananas to play Pacman?
At this workshop, the sky’s the limit! This experience allows learners to discuss their favourite games and explore what it would be like to build an off-keyboard controller to play them.
Together, we’ll learn all about basic circuitry through the use of a MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that allows anyone to build physical circuits through a micro controller, a set of alligator clips, and anything that is conductive. We’ll connect things like aluminum foil, Play-Doh, and fruit to our computers and test out how these objects can act as an extension of our keyboard.
Learners will then pair up and use Scratch, a beginner-friendly programming environment, to build their very own game. Then, they’ll explore how they can take their game off the keyboard and create game controllers that players can use for a more interactive and challenging experience!
Each Gamemaking with Scratch & MaKey MaKey workshop has the same flow, but different activities. Come and create a new game every time!
WHAT WILL MY GIRL LEARN BY THE END OF THE WORKSHOP?
Create algorithms in Scratch
Design sprites in Scratch
Use loops to make things happen more than once
Use electric circuits to trigger events in my project
Use conductive items as controllers for my game
Use the scratch account I made to KEEP CODING!
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This workshop is for girls ages 6-8 year olds AND their parent or guardian Our workshops are designed to give learning experiences that are fun, engaging, empowering and inspirational. Through hands-on, collaborative, project-based learning, kids end the workshop having built something. This workshop experience is designed to help kids see technology in a whole new light – as a medium for self-expression, and as a means for changing the world.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW AHEAD OF TIME?
Nothing! This workshop is designed for beginners.
You must bring your own laptop for which you have administrative permission. Please remember to bring your own powercord. A mouse can come in handy too! You may be required to download some free software. After you sign up we will email detailed instructions. Learners must bring their own nut-free snacks, plus a waterbottle!
QUESTIONS? Email us at EDMONTON@canadalearningcode.ca